Nestled in the Canadian Rockies, between the northwestern tip of Banff National Park and the southern end of Jasper National Park, is the Columbia Icefield. This is a large glaciated area astride the Continental Divide of North America which covers about 325 km² in area, is 100 to 365 meters (328 to 1,197 ft) in depth and receives up to seven meters (275 in) of snowfall per year.
A visit to the Icefields is an experience you won't soon forget! You can take a specialized vehicle onto the glacier called the Ice Explorer, a massive machine originally designed for polar exploration. The company that runs the glacier trips spots out a safe area each day that is free of crevices and is safe to walk around on, so you have the rare experience of being able to safely and freely walk on ice in the middle of a vast sheet of ice. A truly once in a lifetime experience and a must see when visit Canadian Rockies. Winter clothes is a must even when visiting in summer.